by MACAULAY DALEY
Borussia Dortmund will look to close the gap on rivals Bayern Munich when the two sides meet at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday night.
The perennial top dogs in Germany face off with fifth placed Dortmund going into the match already six points off the league leaders.
Coupled with that, they also have a dreadful recent record against Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Their last win over Bayern in the Bundesliga came two seasons ago in a 3-0 away win, but their last home success was over four and a half years ago courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski goal, who now plies his trade at the Allianz Arena.
Their recent record isn’t anything to be desired either, just one win in their last five league matches has left them well off the pace.
Three players will be reunited with former teams this weekend. Mats Hummels, who joined Bayern from Dortmund in the summer will face his previous employers as well as Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze, who moved the other way.
The rivals have already met once this season in the German Super Cup back in August, with Bayern running out 2-0 winners.
That’s not the only derby to look forward to this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Borussia Monchengladbach host Koln in the Rhine Derby.
Andre Schubert goes into the match under huge pressure, with Die Fohlen failing to win a league match in almost two months.
Since their 2-0 win over Ingolstadt on the 24th September, they haven’t scored a single goal in the league, but conceded nine.
They will find themselves up against the leading marksman in the league, Anthony Modeste. The Frenchman already has 11 goals this campaign and scored the winning goal a year ago.
That win for Peter Stoger’s side was their first win against their great rivals in seven years and remarkably, Die Geißbӧcke have won just four times since the turn of the century.
If ever there was a game that could define a manager’s tenure, this is certainly it for Schubert.
In Friday night’s match at the Red Bull Arena, RB Leipzig could make Bundesliga history if they avoid defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side can become the first ever side to go 11 matches unbeaten in their opening top flight campaign.
MSV Duisburg went ten games unbeaten in 1993 following promotion, but they had played at the highest level before.
Die Bullen could also be the first team to win six games in a row this season, and if they gain a point, they will remain top of the table for at least 18 hours.
Maik Walpurgis was announced as the new Ingolstadt manager during the international break and his first task is to take his side to Darmstadt.
Walpurgis, who’s previous job was at Vfl Osnabrück, has taken over Die Schanzer 17th in the table and already five points off safety.
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